trial by fire
In the early morning hours of July 14, 2020, one of the resident buildings on Hillcrest Transitional Housing's Lee's Summit campus caught fire. While all residents were evacuated safely and eventually relocated to other Hillcrest units, the building was a total loss.
This building at 505 SW Mission Road was the home of four 1-bedroom housing units for Hillcrest's 90-day transitional housing program. The loss of this building means that 12 fewer families are served each year. That's 12 families each year that Hillcrest could move from homelessness and to self-sufficiency - if only we had the capacity to do so.
Media Coverage of the Fire:
In early December 2020, the charred 505 structure was cleared, paving the way for a new four-plex apartment building. While insurance compensation will cover approximately one-third of the new building cost, Hillcrest is actively seeking partners to help fund the additional $500,000 needed to turn this rebuilding vision into reality.
Fundraising Goal: $500,000
Hillcrest hopes to break ground on the project in late Spring 2021. We can accomplish this with your investment.
Beauty from ashes
As we rebuild 505, we will take this opportunity to expand our capacity by turning what was a set of two 1-bedroom apartments and two 2-bedroom apartments into a fourplex of 2-bedroom apartments. This will increase our ability to serve more families with children. In addition, the new building will be upgraded and energy efficient.
To date, Hillcrest Transitional Housing has secured $250,000 toward this $750,000 project. Our goal is to raise 100% of the construction costs before breaking ground, thus fulfilling our ongoing commitment to strong financial stewardship.